Did any of you see my post yesterday on Instagram? Yesterday we had a dark, rainy, and cold day here in Michigan. It was so dreary that I did not even want to try and venture outside. So what do we do when we are stuck inside all day? Besides going a little bit crazy, we either make a craft or bake some treats. Yesterday we decided that baking treats sounded like fun and we decided to use up some of the Halloween candy that we hadn’t eaten yet. We actually have A LOT left, since I wont let the kids have but one piece of candy after dinner each day. However, I would much rather use it all up now so it doesn’t go to waste and so we don’t eat it all. I know your thinking “Why would you want to just add more sugar to their diets when they have so much candy already?”. Well, here is my thoughts. . .
We can make cookies now using up all of the Halloween candy, then freeze them and get them out at Christmas when we need treats to take to parties or make up cookie baskets for friends. Ah hah. . see what I did there? Perfect plan, don’t ya think? Get rid of the candy now AND cut back on the baking I have to do at Christmas. Oh yes. . Brilliant.
Ok, so here is my recipe for Monster Cookies.
2 – 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks of butter
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 cups of chopped up Halloween candy
You know how most recipes tell you to mix everything separately before adding them together? Yeah, I don’t do that. I hate making extra dishes to clean. So what I do is add all of the ingredients listed above together at once into a large bowl, except the candy pieces. We will add those in last. After all of your ingredients are in the bowl, use a hand mixer to mix it all up on high speed just until blended. Then add in your candy pieces and mix on low just to blend.
Next, using two spoons, drop tablespoon sized drops on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes or until the edges are browned and the center looks cooked.
Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
Now. . take one cookie just to taste and bag the rest up in a freezer bag and freeze until Christmas. 🙂 You’ll thank me later.
BTW, today is a much nicer day. The rain is gone and we are out playing again.
What is your all time favorite Christmas cookie? Tell me in the comments. Leave us a link on how to make them. . bonus points for you! 🙂
<3 Dick and Jane